URGENT: Hurricane Dorian Victims Need Your Help

Sermons


One of the top priorities for pastors is preaching powerful sermons. Week to week, you create sermons to connect your church with God’s Word and to disciple them to a closer relationship with Him. However, finding fresh ideas for sermons each and every week of the year can be a challenge. Some weeks your focus may be on other areas of caring for your church and sermon preparation needs to take a back seat. So, how do you preach your best sermons every week? Here are a few ideas to help you out.

1) Great sermons begin with a topic - Look for inspiration for sermon help in varied places to help keep your mind open to God’s leading. Is there a scripture that has been on your mind lately? Is there a current event or trend that you could speak into? Use one of these ideas to start your thought process for your next sermon.

2) Great sermons include study of scripture - Study scripture resources on your chosen sermon topic. Search for passages of the Bible that relate to the point of your sermon to help back it up with a biblical point of view.

3) Great sermons illustrate the point - The moral of any story usually leaves the most significant impression on the listener. The same is true for sermon illustrations. Beginning or ending your sermon with a story can help the point stick with your church.

Looking for ideas to get you started? Here are some ideas from some trending sermon topics.

Special thanks to Logos Bible Study Software for permission to use 10,000 Sermon Illustrations (add on https://www.biblestudytools.com/pastor-resources/illustrations/)

Sermons on Spiritual Growth

Spiritual growth is key for any believer. Preach sermons that will disciple your church and deepen their relationship with God.

The Secret of Growth

Directions for Disciples

Running Well, Finishing Strong

Superficial vs. Spiritual Wisdom

Sermons for Funerals

Sharing a funeral sermon is a time for comfort, peace, and remembrance. Here are ideas to help you share in that time with grieving loved ones.

Funeral Service Based on Abraham

Moving Funeral Messages

A Memorial Sermon

Sermons for Thanksgiving

Giving praise and thanksgiving isn’t a natural response. Use these sermon outlines to teach how to live a life of thanksgiving.

My Thanksgiving List

Thankfulness in Perspective

The Relationship Between Gratitude and Attitude

An Attitude of Thanksgiving

Sermons for Forgiveness

God forgave us first, so we can forgive others. Find topics for messages related to reconciliation and forgiveness.

When You Are Misunderstood

Loving Our Enemies: A Divine Task

How Does Forgiveness Work?

Understanding Forgiveness

Sermons on Faith

The Hall of Fame of Faith gives us examples to strive for in difficult situations. Teach your church to trust God in all circumstances with these ideas.

An Undying Faith

A Life Worth Living

Faith Over Fear

Sermons on Revival

Preaching a call to return to God, for revival of The Church around the world, will stir your church to take action.

Revival in a Bone Yard

Revival or Ruin

Reflections on a Revival

Sermons for Christmas

The Christmas season is a special time for your church to commemorate Christ’s birth. Here are some new takes on a Christmas sermon.

The Day God Became a Baby

When Heaven Came Down

Christmas Challenges

Sermons on Prayer

A sermon about prayer can open the door to amazing changes in your church’s prayer lives. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Four Keys of Intercessory Prayer

A Role Model for Prayer

The Prayer that Changes the World

How to Develop Your Prayer Life

Sermons for Communion Services

Include a sermon on the Lord’s Supper during your communion services to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us.

Come to the Table

The Communion of Saints

Love Wins

More Sermons

Loving Our Enemies: A Divine Task

This ordeal left him blind in one eye so he could not take part in contact sports. Miraculously he suffered no brain damage and was fearfully aware that his abductor was still at large. He struggled with his appearance, but at the tender of age of 13 he began to change. He realized his injuries could have been much worse—he could have died. He also realized he could not stay angry forever. He decided to turn his back on animosity, revenge and self-pity forever.

What Is the Apostles' Creed?

The creed, attributed to the earliest missionary followers of Jesus, distills the basic outline of what it means to be a Christian into a short summation that belies the depth and richness of what it proclaims.

The Three Voices of God

How can we hear from God? And what if the counsel we're getting seems to contradict?

A Deeper Look at Healing

God designed us to be whole people—body, soul, and spirit. And God cares about the totality of who we are, not just our spiritual side. The health of our bodies matters to him; he knows and cares when we’re sick.

Thy Kingdom Come: The Prayer that Changes the World

The Lord’s Prayer can be rote, or it can become a divine force unleashing God’s glorious blessing. How is “Thy kingdom come” a prayer that literally changes the world? Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come…” (Matt. 6:9-10).

Fear Not!

What do you do when your fears seem to be winning the day? What if you pray and God still hasn’t come through for you? If you are like most people, you begin to lose hope, and you wonder why you bothered to pray in the first place.

Forgiveness: The Very Essence of Our Faith

Forgiveness is something all of us want to receive but most of us hesitate to give. Jesus makes it clear, however, that we can’t have it without giving it.

The Big Picture of the Old Testament

When it comes to describing “the theology of the Old Testament,” not everyone is convinced that there is a single theology represented in these diverse books. It's more fruitful to understand the Old Testament as a whole in terms of an unfolding story, with five basic components.

Solomon's Song of Love

The Song of Solomon teaches that intimacy within marriage is received with thanksgiving, as all of God’s created gifts should be. Here right love is rightly exalted. Here desire and the fulfillment of that desire are celebrated.

Why Did God Give the Law?

The law which God gave to Moses at Mount Sinai a few months after bringing the people out of Egypt has been the victim of some very bad press in the past several hundred years. My guess is that there is a good deal of confusion.

Is Jesus the Son of God? Discover the Biblical Evidence and Meaning

Is Jesus the Son of God? Discover the biblical evidence and meaning regarding the relationship between God and Jesus. Although it is a foundational confession for all Christians, much of the theological significance of Jesus’s identity as “the Son of God” is often overlooked or misunderstood.

The Testing of Your Faith

The glory of God is more important than your or my comfort. That is a statement with which all Christians will readily agree... in theory

Romans: The Greatest Letter Ever Written

From studying Paul’s letter to the Romans, we can learn the content of the Christian faith like nowhere else in the New Testament. In his letter, Paul opens vistas to the gospel, shining a light on what we can experience by embracing and living in the Good News of Christ.

Jesus Came to Destroy Something

The people who will experience the fullest meaning of Christmas on Tuesday are the people who know and feel that there is something in them that needs to be destroyed.

Created for Community

Community is something we all want. How did we get this way? How did this craving, this longing, get hardwired into us? The Bible answers that question by explaining that we are created in the image of God. God created us for community.